Montana fly fishing information

Fish Yellowstone Park this weekend May 25 2017

It’s been 100 years since the National Park Service was created and its duties include managing the first national park in Yellowstone National Park. Despite the unfortunate recent events—including careless visitors leaving the boardwalk and walking in a sensitive hot springs area—the Park Service’s centennial goes on and we celebrate it as part of our national heritage. In looking forward to an exciting centennial season, local anglers eagerly await the...

Big Sky, Montana fly fishing through run off season May 20 2017

Plenty of good fishing in Big Sky and Bozeman, Montana We hoped for snow and we got it, albeit a little later than normal. The late-season skiing action eclipsed the past few years and now we are left with copious amounts of snow. This is a beautiful time in our area as valley floors are green and mountaintops are white. It brings back memories of the Montana I remember as...

Montana's Spring Creeks: Runoff Busters May 18 2017

By Patrick Straub EBS Fishing Columnist In case you need a refresher, what falls from the sky as snow eventually melts and flows into our rivers. We experience this every spring as many of our rivers become high and muddy with spring snowmelt. Several factors dictate how soon, how long, and how intense our runoff season will be, but when it really ramps up, the quest for clean water begins...

Runoff season is here in southwest Montana near Big Sky and Bozeman May 17 2017

You can still fish, it just requires a little extra effort By Patrick Straub EBS Fishing Columnist We hoped for snow and we got it, albeit a little later than normal. The late-season skiing action eclipsed the past few years and now we are left with copious amounts of snow. This is a beautiful time in our area as valley floors are green and mountaintops are white. It brings back...

Choose your Montana fly fishing angling companion wisely May 01 2017

By Patrick Straub EBS Fishing Columnist In my 20s, I spent a lot of time fishing alone. From long day hikes to the meadows of Slough Creek to late nights fishing mouse patterns on the East Gallatin after the band at the Filling Station ceased playing, very few anglers could match my frantic fishing pace. Anytime I wasn’t working to make money to spend on fishing, I was wetting a...

Fly Fishing Store: Summer Sales and Customer Service Whiz Needed April 14 2017

Fly Fishing Store: Summer Sales and Customer Service Whiz Needed. Location: Big Sky, Montana Do you live to fish? Do you want to be part of a dynamic fly fishing business in southwest Montana? If you are excited to work your tail-off during our peak season of June through August, and have a grasp of fly fishing culture (you know of MoldyChum and Hank Patterson, right?), then we want you....

Outside Bozeman - Maternal Instincts - Fishing the Mother's Day Caddis Hatch April 08 2017

Maternal Instincts Jimmy Armijo-Grover Fishing the Mother's Day Caddis Hatch.  Still suffering from cabin fever? Well, it’s time to dust off those winter cobwebs and get ready for the first big hatch of the year, the Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch. This hatch is best experienced in person, as it has to be fished to truly be appreciated. It’s not always the easiest hatch to hit just right, but when you...

Montana Fly Fishing News. April fishing is no joke. April 07 2017

April fishing is no joke. View this email in your browser Montana Fly Fishing News from Gallatin River GuidesApril 2017April. The officially unofficial kick-off to fishing season in Montana. And at GRG we couldn’t be any happier. Our March was the best ever…as it always is around here with great skiing and consistentfishing. But now it’s time to get serious. Here’s what is on tap this month. April: Blue wings, spring...

What Makes a Great Fishing Guide March 26 2017

The best share similar traits Few, if any, places on earth harbor miles of trout streams as densely as this small radius that we call home. Many people moved here for that reason, and for others like myself who grew up here, the area’s trout water has kept us here. And what has kept me here, able to carve out a pretty special lifestyle as a guide, has been sharing...

Where Are They Now? Jane Pratte Expands with Wyoming Women Anglers March 01 2017

Jane Pratte has taken her hobby and passion for women learning and enjoying the art of fly fishing to a whole new level. After attending the Montana Fly Fishing Guide School, Jane has developed Wyoming Women Anglers to create a non-threatening environment for women to fish and learn from each other. The following "Where are they now?" piece also includes Jane's "Guide School Recap" for those of you who would...

Guide Schools of the Northern Rockies: Published by Big Sky Journal February 17 2017

GUIDE SCHOOLS OF THE NORTHERN ROCKIES Want to work as a fly-fishing guide? These three programs will help you get your wader boots wet. Written by ALLEN MORRIS JONES Fly Fishing 2017 / February 2017   WHAT MAKES FOR A GOOD FLY FISHING GUIDE? Start with catching fish, of course. That’s the baseline. Or more to the point, showing us how to catch fish. Tie on a fly, point us...

Madison Gallatin Trout Unlimited 45th Annual Trout Fest February 16 2017

Support our local chapter of Trout Unlimited. No need to be present to bid. More info can be found at www.mgtu.org. Gallatin River Guides will be donating the Women's High Roller Package that includes waders, boots, a seat in Montana Women's Fly Fishing School and other great gear. We're also auctioning off a seat in our .Montana Fishing Guide School.

Thursday Night Fly Tying...Wired Zebra Midge and Brassie February 15 2017

Join us for Thursday Fly Tying Night at Gallatin River Guides. February 16th from 5-7pm. It's FREE! Call 406-995-2290 for details. Wired Zebra Midge Hook: Dai Riki #135 Scud hook Thread: Black 8/0 or 70 denier Body: Black brassie wire Rib: Silver brassie wire Wing: White Zelon or comparable Bead: Black brass or Tungsten     Brassie Thread: 8/0 or 70 denier rusty or red Body: Small copper wire Rib(optional):...

Locals Fishing Report written for Explore Big Sky February 15 2017

By Jimmy Armijo-Grover We're about to reach the midway point of our winter season! The chance of sub-zero temps is starting to fade away, ice buildup on our rivers is starting to recede in many areas and fish are continually feeding on available insects to survive.  If you've been itching to fish, but just aren't motivated by the cooler temps here are some suggestions that can help. Hand and foot...

Thursday Night Fly Tying...Soft Hackle Olive February 09 2017

Soft Hackle Olive The Soft Hackle Olive is a simple pattern that is relatively easy to tie and is a great summer pattern here in SW Montana. Best used when caddis are actively hatching as it makes a great pupae imitation when wet. Would also fish well in waters with similar colored caddis larvae that may not be actively hatching at the time. Can also be tied without a bead, which...

Montana Fly Fishing News: It's Fishy February here at GRG! February 03 2017

It's Fishy February here at GRG.  View this email in your browser Montana Fly Fishing News from Gallatin River GuidesFebruary 2017February may be the shortest month of the year, but, this newsletter is long on goodies. At Gallatin River Guides fly shop here in fishy southwest Montana, fly fishing is always on the brain. This month’s newsletter serves up the following:Our very popular Three Rivers in Three Days TripWinter Fly...

Thursday Night Fly Tying...Lightning Bug and Whip Finishing February 01 2017

Come down and see us at Gallatin River Guides on Thursday February 2nd to tie the Lightning Bug and learn how to whip finish by hand and with a tool. Lightning Bug Hook: Dai-Riki 075, sizes 14-20 Tail: Pheasant Tail Body: Medium Holographic tinsel, color of your choice Rib: Copper Wire, color of your choice Thorax: Ice Dub, color of your choice Wingcase (optional): Same holographic tinsel used for body...

Winter Fly Fishing: Tips and products to help keep you on the water from Big Sky, Montana January 31 2017

MT Trout Unlimited Conservation Alert: Public Lands Rally, Helena, Jan 10th January 27 2017

Montana Trout Unlimited - Conservation Alert Public Lands Rally, Helena, January 30, 2017 In the Bozeman area?  Need a ride to the Public Lands Rally January 30, 2017? A message from Jeff Vermillion of Sweetwater Travel Company: Please sign up if you can make it.  Sweetwater Travel and Simms Fishing Products will be sponsoring a bus to the public lands rally in Bozeman.  The bus will depart the old Kmart...

Explore Big Sky: Winter: It can be your favorite season January 25 2017

The Eddy Line By Patrick Straub Snow. It’s an essential reality in our mountain town. Whether we ski on it, need its water in summer, or move it around in plow trucks, snow on the ground translates to happy people. As the snow keeps piling up in parking lots and in your driveway, keep your eye on the prize: snow now means stream flows come summer. But just because it’s...

Travel Time: Get Out of Dodge The Right Way January 19 2017

Tips for anglers traveling to a destination this winter The hustle of the Holiday Circus is over. New Year’s has come and gone. Snow has been around for nearly ninety days. It’s time to take a trip. And…that is just what many of us do this time of year—get out of Montana in search of warmer waters and new angling adventure. Here are some useful tips and tricks to get...

How Do You Plan to Fish Through 2017? January 16 2017

2016 is done. Está terminando. It was an interesting year on many fronts—and thankfully we are not going to revisit it anymore. It’s time to move on. And … go fishing. So I did just that on the first day of 2017. My destination was the Gallatin River north of Big Sky, and it did not disappoint. Can I remind you how lucky we are to have this trout stream...

Thursday Night Fly Tying...Improved Disco Midge January 15 2017

Improved Disco Midge Hook: Dai-Riki #135 Size 18-58 ;) Thread: 70 denier, 8/0 or finer gel spun thread, color to match Underbody: Thread Body: Krystal Flash, Flashabou, or other pearlescent mylar Rib: Fine copper wire, color of your choice Thorax: Peacock Ice Dub or color of your choice (This is the improved part, as the traditional Disco would have been tied with peacock herl) This is a great midge pattern...

From Gridlock to Oar Locks: Parker Redmond Lives the Dream January 13 2017

Parker Redmond (in sunglasses and holding the net) grew up addicted to fishing. So why not turn his passion into a career? It took him a good bit of his adult life to gain the courage to give up the conventional life and chase that dream. From a successful business in southern California to now guiding for Montana Trout Stalkers and working for the Madison River Fishing Company, Parker has...